/ Modified jan 29, 2024 4:26 p.m.

Families coming to US border greatly increases in 2023

In 2023 the number of families coming to the U.S.-Mexico border greatly increased. Nowhere on the southern border is that truer than in Arizona’s Tucson Sector where the number of family members increased from about 24,000 people to more than 220,000.

Mexico Arizona Border Aerial

Federal data released Friday shows Mexico is the country with the largest numbers of families who came to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona at more than 120,000 people in 2023, followed by thousands of people from Guatemala, Ecuador, India and Colombia.

Department of Homeland Security’s Blas Nuñez-Nieto said during an interview earlier this month that there are more displaced people today than at any point in history since WWII throughout the world and especially in our hemisphere

“The scale of the challenge is greater than our ability to respond to it, and that’s in part because of the way our immigration system is just fundamentally broken and hasn’t been updated since the ’90s,” he said. “So we are going to continue to see these kinds of surges in migration in the future administrations if the US Congress doesn’t step up and do its job.”

News reports say that a bipartisan border deal in negotiations for months in the Senate may be falling apart after Donald Trump said it was a bad deal.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol apprehended a record 80,000 people in December, of which more than half were families and unaccompanied minors.

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